Located in the Aven Nelson Building, the Rocky Mountain Herbarium and the associated U.S. Forest Service National Herbarium contain more than 1,250,000 plant specimens. The primary functions of the herbarium are to (1) serve as a source of information on the flora of the Rocky Mountain region in general and Wyoming in particular; (2) aid in the identification of plants submitted by ranchers, farmers, county agents, and state and federal agencies throughout the region; and (3) serve as a source of research and teaching material in systematic and ecological botany. Thousands of specimens are loaned each year to recognized institutions throughout the United States where research requires a knowledge of western plants. The web site (www.rmh.uwyo.edu) contains data on more than 700,000 specimens as well as thousands of specimen images and interactive distribution maps.
Open to university students and other qualified researchers, the herbarium invites queries regarding the identification of plants. Those persons wishing assistance in the identification of a plant should send two specimens to the herbarium. Inquiries should be addressed to The Curator, Rocky Mountain Herbarium, Department of Botany, Dept. 3165, 1000 E. University Ave., Laramie, WY 82071.